Actually Considering the Couch to 5K Program!

Sunday, March 14, 2010


Couch to 5K? Preposterous!

I have flat feet. I have no stamina. My arches hurt. I have fibromyalgia. Running is supposed to be bad for your joints...

But I'm thinking of it.
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    I have flat feet as well, so I:

    - walk/jog on a high school track that is cushioned. Some community centers or community colleges have the good tracks as well.

    - walked for something like a month before I started the jog.

    - got some ASICS (I want to say the gel foundation) - the men's side of Nordstrom's rack in Hayward has the best selection. (I did research at the ASICS website, and got my first pair fit at a running store. Now that I know my European size, it's easy to find what I need in the men's section. The running store was out of the really supportive kind in women's, and said I should be fine in mens!)

    After 19 weeks, I am at about week 4 of the Cto5k program. yes I have to be careful to stretch my feet, but I am so amazed I can do the 3 miles in a jog/walk in 45 minutes - now I want to pick up the pace!
    3629 days ago
    I'd say do the the Cto5k. It's an amazing workout and it will make any non-runner into a runner (or something similar). It's really helpful to use a MP3 player/iPod loaded with the one of the Cto5k podcasts out there but all you really need is watch, 30-45 minutes a day for the workout plus stretching, and maybe a good pair of shoes.

    One cool thing is that the Cto5k program can be done without running. I completed once by using 'really fast walking' instead of running. It was still an amazing workout and it helped build my endurance so that I could run when I did the program later.

    On top of that, there's a great Couch to 5k group here on SP.

    All in all, I highly recommend the program.
    3632 days ago
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    If you are thinking about it, then go ahead and do it! I'll admit I've been considering it myself, waffling back and forth because I have flat fee, and sore muscles and walking takes so long... BUT

    I found I walked yesterday and realized I move faster, went farther, and am not even sore today. Hmmm. Maybe a 5k walk (no running for me!) is doable. It would be exciting! Go ahead and do it!
    3632 days ago
    Ya, that is what I feel like too. It seems so daunting. Just the idea. Do you have a local friend to do it with you? If I had a friend to do it with I would be less petrified. But I think we all have it in us. And you don't have to be the fastest. I think just finishing would be good for me at this point Good lucl!
    3632 days ago
    Go for it! I ran my first 5K last week and I loved it. While I didn't use the Couch to 5K program, I still got the benefits via running on the treadmill after work and sneaking in some lunchtime runs with co-workers. There are a thousand reasons NOT to do something. But there are MILLIONS of reasons to do this! Good luck!
    3632 days ago
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